Our Board of Directors

John Gillespie - President, Director; 1988 to present

President, Instructor, Counselor- Alpha & Omega Freedom  Ministries, Inc. LCU Masters in Theology, Certified Recovery Support Specialist, Ordained Minister, Hardee County Ministerial  Association, Hardee County Homeless Coalition, Highlands County  Coalition for Homeless, Grace Fellowship & Riverview Heights Baptist Church

Dr. Nicholas Timmerman - OD; Vice President, Chairman of the Board; 1988 to present

Doctor of Optometry, Sevigny Eye Care, Former Hardee County Commissioner for 12 years,

Hardee County Housing Authority, Hardee County Homeless Coalition, Lion's Club member, Central

Florida Optometric Society, and American Optometric Society member.


Lorraine Gillespie - Executive Director Emeritus, 1988 to present

Alpha & Omega Freedom Ministries, Inc.; LCU Bachelors in Theology, Certified Recover Support Specialist, Hardee County Ministerial Association, Hardee County Coalition for the Homeless, Highlands County Coalition for the Homeless, Wauchula Women's Club and Grace Fellowship 

Karen Tibbs -  Executive Director-2019 to present, Trustee from 2010 to 2019

Prior owner of Forms Design a printing company in Sarasota Fl. Presently, Karen is an independant sales contractor of printing, Visa Debit Paycards, payroll services, and employee leasing.

Karen is very active in drama, youth, and teaching at Sarasota Christian Church.


Christine Price (Chris)- Assistant Director, Acting Secretary-2009 to present. BA in Management of Human Resources, Supervisory Management Certification from State Of Florida, Multi-Program Housing Certification, Counselign for Addictive Patters, Codependency, Addictions and Mental Illness, REcovery, Domestic Violence Training, 10 years Service Award Children & Families, Secretary of Florida Merit Award for Quality Asssurance, and Ordained Minister.  Chris also has been a children's teacher and counselor as well as teen counselor for over 25 years. Attends REal Life Church in Bowling Green and has painted the sets for Story of Jesus for 24 years, made costumes and was a special makeup artist.

Mary "Shirley" Tucker - Director-1995 to present

Bowling Green Mayor (retired) and now assistant Mayor, Management  team member at Seller's Market,Ordained Minister, Domestic Violence Counselor for AOFM Inc. for over 8 years, and a member of Chestergrove Missionary Baptist Church. Onsite Day manager for Hannah's House Shelter.

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Esther Alvarado - Director-1996 to present

Esther is currently a case Manager at AOFM, Inc, Certified Duluth Model Counselor; BA in Theology, Ordained Minister, Spanish Interpreter, Anger Management Counselor, Parenting Class Teacher, Women's Club member, Department of Children & Families affiliate, and is a member at Faith Temple Church of God.

Joyce Cook - Teacher & Counselor - 1998 to present 

Joyce is currently active in teaching, counseling and P.R. work for AOFM and Hannah's House. Joyce is a creative article writer for the Herald Advocate Newspaper. Joyce writes commercial voice-overs, and has covered live broadcasts for Heartland Broadcasting since 2014. Joyce was previously employed as a case worker for the Children's Home Society of Lakeland Fl. specializing in domestic violence services.


Jim Pyle, Director, PA Public Defender,  2019 to present

Pastor E. Reed, Director 2019 to present-no picture at this time.